Deputy Director - Engineering Services - Capital Projects Engineering Division

City of Santa Rosa | Santa Rosa, CA

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Posted Date 6/05/2024
City of Santa Rosa - Capital Projects Engineering Division is seeking a
This is an exciting opportunity for those seeking to apply their technical expertise and supervisory skills in a dynamic career providing critical service to our local community! 

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The City of Santa Rosa is committed to building a workforce reflective of our community and establishing a lasting culture of equity and belonging within our organization. Our collective talents and expertise contribute to high-quality public services that support a vibrant, resilient, inclusive City for our community and visitors. We celebrate a diverse workforce and welcome all qualified candidates to apply.

In addition to offering a challenging, rewarding work environment and excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous suite of benefits, including retirement through CalPERS, a competitive leave accrual package, your choice of health plans, a flexible spending program, employer contributions to a Retiree Health Savings plan, and top of the line employer paid vision and dental coverage. More information regarding benefits associated with this position can be found in the Unit 18 MOU and on our Miscellaneous Employee Benefits Page.
  • Flexible schedule (9/80) available with management approval
  • 11 paid holidays annually, plus 1 to 3 'floating holidays' per year depending on hire date and years of service.
  • $500 annually for wellness
  • The City of Santa Rosa is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer!
The Capital Projects Engineering (CPE) Division performs a range of tasks to design and construct public works, utilities, and related projects for a wide range of departments within the City of Santa Rosa.  The CPE Division is comprised of a diverse, dedicated team of Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Surveyors, and administrative support staff whose scope ultimately includes projects to rehabilitate, upgrade and expand virtually all aspects of the City's infrastructure. Our work includes transportation projects and bridge projects, facilities projects (including interior remodels, fire stations, and community centers), creek restoration projects, parks projects, and water and wastewater infrastructure projects.  The City is exploring and excited about Design-Build project delivery as an alternative delivery strategy. Capital Projects at the City of Santa Rosa are primarily funded through sewer and water rates, gas taxes, development fees, storm water utility revenue, and grants, as well as other transportation related Federal, State, and local funding sources.  
The Deputy Director of Engineering Services directs, plans, and reviews the activities of the Capital Projects Engineering Division in the Transportation and Public Works Department. This position supervises five teams of engineers and technicians to deliver capital projects on behalf of the Transportation and Public Works, Water, Fire, and Parks Departments, among others. This includes working on long- and short-range project planning, property rights/acquisition, resources management, and water reuse.
The Deputy Director of Engineering Services position takes the lead in solving complex engineering systems problems and manages exciting, challenging capital improvements projects ranging from water and wastewater, roadway paving and widening, bicycle & pedestrian facilities, new and renovated parks, bridge construction, creek restorations, and more.  Additionally, this position manages a diverse and interesting workload in all phases of engineering, from planning and design through construction on a project portfolio averaging $60 million each year.  The Deputy Director oversees approximately 50 professional, technical, and administrative support staff, ensuring high-quality work and providing highly complex and accountable staff assistance.  The position reports directly to the Director of the Transportation and Public Works Department.

Learn more about our Engineering Services HERE
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The successful candidate will be a self-driven professional, with the ability to establish and strengthen a wide variety of work relationships. We are looking for excellent written and verbal communication skills, engaging presentation abilities, and experience in effectively leading, building, and evaluating team members. In addition, the ideal candidate will have:
  • The ability to successfully advocate for change.
  • Organizational and interpersonal skills to manage more than 50 people across five teams that are responsible for up to 100 projects at a given time.
  • Experience in the design and construction of public and/or private infrastructure.
  • A minimum of 5 years in an administrative/managerial capacity, involving the performance of professional engineering work.
  • Current registration as a Professional Engineer in California or the ability to obtain registration within 12 months is required.

Please complete a thoughtful, thorough Supplemental Questionnaire submission. As part of the selection process, your responses to these questions will be scored using criteria specific to this position. Incomplete responses, or responses such as "See Resume" can result in disqualification from the selection process. Applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process that may consist of an application and supplemental questionnaire review, followed by department selection interviews. 

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. 

The selection process will include a minimum qualifications assessment and may also include an application and supplemental questionnaire review, followed by department selection interviews. 

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Karen Rodriguez at


Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Some of the responsibilities of a Deputy Director may include the following duties and responsibilities.

  • Develop and implement the division and program goals, objectives, policies, and priorities
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff
  • Prepare and administer assigned division budget
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the work of the assigned division and make the procedural changes necessary to keep the division in compliance
  • Make presentations to City Council, boards, commissions, and committees as may be required
  • Coordinate engineering activities with other City departments, divisions and sections, and with outside agencies
  • Coordinate technical, administrative, and public relations activities of an assigned division with other City divisions, and with outside agencies
  • Serve as Acting Director or City Engineer in the absence of the Director
In addition, the Capital Projects Engineering Division Deputy Director will:

  • Supervise the development of plans and estimates for construction and major repair of public works systems
  • Confer with supervisors and assistants regarding project priorities and programs
  • Supervise the construction of capital programs, including inspection, contract administration and claims avoidance
  • Participate in the preparation of the capital improvement program and budget
  • Review and sign engineering drawings, contract documents, work orders, and purchase orders
  • Supervise and participate in the preparation of special engineering and environmental studies and reports


Required Qualifications


Knowledge of:  
Principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works projects and systems; methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a variety of public works projects; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding civil engineering; applicable federal and state laws and regulations; applicable laws and regulatory codes related to the development and construction of public works projects; principles and practices of organization, administration, budget and personnel management.
Ability to 
Supervise the preparation of complex engineering and environmental studies, work schedules, plans, maps, reports, workload forecasts, cost estimates, and specifications; perform complex engineering calculations; read engineering plans; interpret governmental laws and regulations and develop working policies and procedures to comply with them; select, train, supervise, coach and evaluate staff; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; effectively present to the public; establish effective working relationships and work collaboratively with those contacted in the course of work; understand and set the example for a team-oriented,  positive work environment; and communicate the work of the assigned division to the general public and other City departments in layman's terms; exercise judgment and make difficult decisions.   
Capital Projects Engineering Division:
Plan, direct and coordinate public works engineering projects; check, design, and supervise the construction of a wide variety of public facilities
Experience and Education:  
Any combination that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:  
Experience - Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in an administrative and/or managerial capacity involving the performance of professional engineering work, including sufficient supervisory, coordination, and operation experience, to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above.
Education - Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, or a related field.  A master's degree in engineering, public administration, or a related field is highly desirable.

License/Certification - Possession of a valid, Class C, California Drivers License, or be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various locations within and/or outside of the City, which may or may not be reachable by public transportation. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a certificate of registration as a professional engineer in civil engineering in the State of California is required prior to the completion of probation.


Additional Information


To view the complete job description, use this link: City of Santa Rosa - Class Specification Bulletin ( 

The work is performed both indoors in an engineering office environment and in the field in a variety of weather conditions, including very hot and very cold temperatures, at a variety of types of construction sites, including rough, uneven or rocky surfaces for areas of new development and in existing street areas for capital improvement projects, and may involve walking for extended periods of time. Incumbents review engineered plans and measure distances on scaled drawings and maps, using calculators and finely calibrated instruments, such as engineering scales and planimeters. Individuals in this classification communicate orally, both face to face and using the telephone. Incumbents sit at a desk or in meetings for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will. As part of coordinating the preparation of the Capital Improvement Project budget, incumbents estimate construction costs from preliminary plans. Incumbents enter or retrieve data into a terminal, personal computer or keyboard device, involving fine, highly controlled muscular movements and repetitive arm-hand movements. The incumbent comprehends and draws inferences from codes, policies, and technical literature. As part of coordinating the preparation of the Capital Improvement Project budget, incumbents estimate construction costs from preliminary plans. An incumbent must be able to hear warning devices such as chemical leak warning and back-up warning devices. 
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The City of Santa Rosa is nestled in the center of famous Sonoma Wine Country, 
located just 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 180,000. Santa Rosa serves as the County seat and the center of trade, government, commerce, and medical facilities for the North Bay. The surrounding area is home to over a hundred wineries and vineyards and many beautiful parks and recreational facilities, including golf courses. Santa Rosa is in the center of a nationally recognized cycling area. We boast many attractions associated with large cities, including a symphony, performing arts center, theater productions and internationally recognized restaurants, yet still retain the warmth and small town feel of decades past. Santa Rosa has been named one of the 50 greenest cities in the United States with one of the top five mid-sized downtowns in California. 
The City of Santa Rosa is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.  


The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations needed to participate in the recruitment process may be made by submitting a Request for Reasonable Accommodation Form within five (5) business days of being noticed that an event requiring accommodation is occurring. You may also contact the Human Resources Department at (707) 543-3060 or 

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